The Memory of Scott Weiland – and the Importance of Preventing Accidental Overdose

By | 2017-09-18T18:18:34+00:00 September 17th, 2017|

It is almost an unwritten rule that rock n’ roll and drugs go hand in hand. From the Beatles’ experimentation to the Grateful Dead’s glorification, drugs have nearly always been a part of music. Unfortunately, drug abuse and addiction have also been a part of the lives of many musicians. Twenty-five years ago, Scott Weiland released his first album with Stone Temple Pilots. Less than two years ago, the musician passed away in his sleep from an accidental drug overdose. Scott Weiland's Last Interview: In Memory of Scott Weiland – A Cautionary [...]

Opioid Overdose Stats: Why the First 90 Days of Recovery Are the Most Critical

By | 2017-08-01T17:50:47+00:00 July 24th, 2017|

Even a brief overview of opioid overdose stats make it clear that the first ninety days of recovery are the most critical for ensuring long-term success in the recovery process. The first step to understanding why this is the case is to understand the symptoms and statistics associated with opioid overdose. From 1990 to 2010, the number of people suffering from opioid dependence around the world increased drastically: from 10.4 million in 1990 to 15.5 million in 2010. Opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled in less than two decades, as has the sale of prescription opioid [...]

What Does a Fentanyl Overdose Look Like?

By | 2017-07-05T17:59:32+00:00 July 20th, 2017|

Fentanyl overdose is a very real possibility, as the tragic death of Prince last year made abundantly clear. In fact, in the United States the drug has accounted for thousands of overdose deaths over the course of the past ten years. This is because fentanyl can be abused both as a prescription opioid drug and manufactured as an illicit drug in some labs. Given this reality, the proportion of opioid overdose deaths attributed to fentanyl rose from 32 percent to 74 percent in 2016. With these startling statistics and the danger of fentanyl, it is [...]

How Colleges Are Prepping for Overdose with NARCAN Nasal Spray

By | 2017-07-05T16:44:53+00:00 July 9th, 2017|

In a collaborative effort with one of the country’s largest health-focused foundations, the developer of NARCAN nasal spray, a medicine used to reverse opioid overdoses, is being distributed to colleges across the United States at no cost to the institutions. And given the current opioid epidemic that’s ravaging the country, it’s sure to be a powerful force in fighting opioid abuse. NARCAN Being Distributed for Free to Universities Across the Country A recent press release distributed by Adapt Pharma states that the they are currently expanding their efforts to make NARCAN nasal spray even more [...]

Are We Really in the Middle of the Deadliest Drug Crisis Ever?

By | 2017-06-08T06:35:48+00:00 June 29th, 2017|

A deadly drug crisis has swept across the United States in recent years – is this a statement of fact or fiction? From Reefer Madness to laced Halloween candy, there have been many drug scares in the United States. Many of these crises have been overblown, hyped up by the media and over concerned parents. However, the reality is that we may really be in the middle of the deadliest drug crisis ever – it just may not look like what you would expect. Just as truth is stranger than fiction, reality may be more [...]

What to Know About Tramadol and Addiction

By | 2017-06-08T06:31:07+00:00 June 25th, 2017|

In terms of prescription medication, tramadol is not well known – but that does not mean that you do not need to know about tramadol and the possibility of addiction. While tramadol (sold as Ultram in the United States) is usually deemed safer and less addictive than other opioids, there are still risk factors with both its prescription and non-medical use. With this in mind, this post examines everything that you need to know about tramadol and addiction, including the correct and incorrect use of the prescription drug. Altogether, in this discussion we address all [...]

The Ugly Truth About Crystal Meth

By | 2017-06-08T06:29:00+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|

Crystal meth can sometimes get buried when we talk about the most dangerous drug threats in America. We talk a lot about alcohol, which is and has been the top threat in addiction treatment ever since addiction treatment has existed. The headlines all seem to go towards prescription painkillers and heroin, the two sides of the same coin that have generated the ongoing opioid crisis. And there is no doubt that those headlines are warranted. Opioids have killed thousands upon thousands of people, just in the last few years, and is one of the biggest [...]

Why Crack Actually, Truly is Whack

By | 2017-06-08T06:22:56+00:00 June 18th, 2017|

It was in 2002 that late songstress Whitney Houston used the now-infamous phrase “crack is whack” in response to allegations that she was addicted to the substance. Out of context, it sounds like Houston had created a ready-made anti-drug slogan against crack cocaine addiction. But in actuality, she was making a haughty claim about her choice of drug. The full context of the quote goes like this: "Let's get one thing straight: crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack… We don't do crack. We don't do that. Crack is whack." We [...]

The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) is a useful way to monitor opioid risk assessment.

By | 2017-11-09T20:33:42+00:00 June 14th, 2017|

The Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) is a Useful Way to Monitor Opioid Risk Assessment Fortunately, new tools like the Opioid Risk Tool have helped to monitor the risk for opioid addiction. There’s no denying that the opioid problem in our country has gotten out of hand. Before we discuss the tool, what it is, and how it works, let’s talk about the opioid epidemic. Some say that it’s gotten out of control, and experts believe that to be true. However, with the right intervention, it may be possible to change directions. In fact, this [...]

Syringe Vending Machines for Heroin Addicts: A Good Idea or Not?

By | 2017-06-08T06:11:35+00:00 June 10th, 2017|

Intravenous drug users (IDUs) face a vast array of dangers, some that users of other drugs will simply never have to face. While these sufferers of addiction will, of course, have to deal with the typical fallout that comes with a life driven by the need to use, IDUs are also at a higher risk of multiple additional diseases due to the common practice of sharing needles among the addicted community. As such, establishing needle exchange programs (NEPs), also known as syringe-exchange programs (SEPs) and needle and syringe programs (NSPs), have become an effective method for [...]

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